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And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward.

But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.

-Matthew 6:5-14

1. When I pray I should focus on spending time the .

2. When I pray I should just .

God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

-Romans 5:8

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes. Therefore, give all your worries and concerns to God, because He deeply cares about you.

-1 Peter 5:5-7

3. When I pray I must invite God into .

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Many people learn “formula” prayers to pray before meals, bedtime or even the Lord’s Prayer itself but never actually learn how to pray. What has been your experience with prayer? Why do you think many have such a hard time with talking with Jesus?

2. What was your relationship like with your earthly Father?  Has that clouded in any way how you treat God our Heavenly Father?

3. Which of today’s 3 main points do you find most challenging? What are some practical ways you can help to grow in this area?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?